SALT LAKE ORGANIZATION DRAWS HIGH MARKS
Salt Lake City, 7 March 2001 - Planning for the organization of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City continues to run smoothly and on schedule, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Coordination Commission reported today in Salt Lake City. The Coordination Commission (CoComm) met with the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (SLOC), 5-7 March, to review the overall status of planning for next year’s Olympic Winter Games.
“SLOC is where it has to be in its life as an organizing committee to deliver high quality and exciting Olympic Winter Games,” said Marc Hodler, the CoComm’s chairman. “There is still much to do, and there will be other challenges in the coming months, for sure. But, today, it seems SLOC’s management team has put itself in a position to handle what comes its way.”
Reviewing the activities since its last meeting in November 2000, the CoComm was quite satisfied with the management of the recent test events, which are planned to help identify the strengths and weaknesses of an organizing committee’s planning. In its meetings, the CoComm focused on the key learnings that emanated from these events.
At its next meeting, 9-11 October 2001, SLOC will present its plans to integrate all its functions. This integration plan will enable SLOC to smoothly transition to a venue management driven organization, so it can deliver the management of all the sports competitions simultaneously. This is a key step for any organizing committee as it nears the operational phase of its life cycle.
The CoComm acts as an advisory committee to the IOC Executive Board and works with SLOC to transfer knowledge gained from the organization of previous Olympic Winter Games. The Commission includes IOC members and administration officials who are experienced in Games organization; representatives from the realms of the athletes, the National Olympic Committees, and the International Sports Federations; and external experts in key areas of Games management. Marc Hodler, IOC member, former president of the Association of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations and the International Ski Federation, and chairman of previous Coordinating Commissions, serves as its chairman. Jean-Claude Killy, IOC member and multiple Olympic gold medallist in skiing, serves as its vice chairman.